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Monday, 11 February 2019

Buddy Mass and News roster

Good evening parents,

Just a few messages for the next few days:

Buddy Mass
On Wednesday morning we will be walking down to the church with our Year 6's for our first buddy mass of the year. We will be leaving the school at 9.00am so please make sure your children are at school on time and have some sun screen on their faces (we will have some at school as well incase you need any).

News Roster
Please take a look at the new News roster. 

In my excitement of getting the news roster out, I accidentally double up on one child's name and missed out on someone. My sincere apologies! I have sent home the news bags today in preparation for group 2 on Wednesday.

Pick up
Thank you to those people using the pick up lane, it seems to be working well and the children are moving smoothly through the pick up area. If you are waiting to pick your child up from the classroom, could I please ask you to wait under the big tree or just around the corner as it is always tricky if siblings are banging on the windows as we are trying to say prayer.

Many thanks for your continued support and the wonderful start we have had to the school year.

Miss Prowse

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

A few messages before the end of the week

Good afternoon parents, 

We have had a wonderful first three days in Year One! We think it has been pretty special that we can now go out the gate on our own to go to recess and lunch! The children have been enjoying a variety of Maths, English and Religion activities over the past few days and they have loved reading and listening to my favourite stories each morning. Just a few messages for the next coming days...

On Friday, the children will be attending church with the whole school to welcome in the school year. As Mass is scheduled to begin close to 9.00am, we will be leaving the classroom at 8.45am as soon as the morning bell sounds. If you could please make sure your child is at school by 8.40am and put some sunscreen on your child before they come to school, that would be greatly appreciated as we will be walking both to and from the church.

Gathering time
This is a time to settle in your child and get them ready for the school day. In Year One we often have games or activities that are put our for the children. Each morning, please check the smart board at the front of the room and encourage your child to read the instructions with you so they know what to do. Please do not get the toys or games out from the back of the room as these are reserved for our fun Fri-Yay mornings (this also makes it a bit more special).

Siblings are absolutely welcome in the class and the area near the book corner is a nice area for them to go to if they would like to look at a book or play with the soft book buddies. The toys on the shelf are fine to use too, but please pop everything away before you leave, so our classroom environment is ready for the day. If you need to attend to a sibling or you need to leave for any reason, please let me know and Mrs. Hughes or myself are happy to  help settle in your child for you.

News rosters will be going home tomorrow and news will begin in week 2. Each child will be in a news group and it will be on a rotating roster over two weeks. I have listed some themes for news, but this is only a guide. Please assist your child by filling out the news pack WITH them, there will be a white board marker and news bag that your child will bring home with them the night before their news.

Parent help
Our parent roster has gone up outside our classroom and this will begin week 5. As we have a large class, please only place your name down in one spot to allow other parents to come in and help with their children's learning. Parent roster will commence at 8.45am - 11.00am.

Communication book
As you enter our classroom on the red table there is a diary. Please use this to communicate any pick ups of different people (play dates/ Grandmas/ Nannies etc.) as this helps me at the end of the day. If you would like to put your child on pick up, please write it in the communication book AND on the pick up list outside the wet area as our wonderful EA's round up the children ready for the end of the day.

Phew...I think that is it! But if you have any questions, please email me :)

Many thanks

Miss Prowse

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Welcome to Year One for 2019

Hello and welcome Parents to the Year 1P blog,

I hope you have all had a relaxing and peaceful holiday and enjoyed some of this beautiful Summer weather!

I am looking forward to getting to know your beautiful children and working with you throughout your child's learning journey this year.

Year One is a big, but exciting year where your child will, discover, grow, create, learn, reflect and experience an abundance of fun and interesting things in our class!

As a parent of a Year One student, it is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our class.

Here are some ways you can help:

  •       Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
  •       Look for and read any notes and letters going home and stay updated on what’s going on in our regular blog posts. These will have important information and helpful reminders.
  •       Read to and with your child every day, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.

This blog will be the main communication for any parent information over the coming year.  Please enter your email into the 'follow by email' section on the left hand side of the blog so you will get email updates when I post to the blog.

A few important things for the start of Year One: 

All class stationery (pencils, crayons, scissors etc.) will be collected together at the beginning of the year and distributed to the students on a shared basis. At the end of the year, all remaining stationery items will be shared out equally between the students to go home. This year, we are trying to reduce our impact on the environment by not covering our books with contact. We have found in the past that the books have lasted throughout the year and it teaches the children to be responsible and take care of their belongings. 

Text books including the Mental Maths book, Spelling Journal, Handwriting book and headphones (If you ordered them) are the only items that require labelling. 

This year the children are in their 'big school' uniforms! Term one is our Summer uniform: 
Girls - Summer dress with brown sandals or black school shoes with white socks.
Boys - White shirt, grey shorts with brown sandals or black school shoes with grey socks. 

Please ensure that all personal items (hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes, uniforms, etc) belonging to your child are labelled to avoid losing items! You would be surprised how often we find a rogue shoe around the place :) 

Gathering time
Gathering time begins at 8.30am until 8.45am. Please ensure that your child is at school by 8.45am as we begin our day with a fitness based game either outside our class or down on the oval. During gathering time, take this as an opportunity to settle your child into the day.  Some mornings it could include your child completing a small English or Math game or activity or an activity relating to something we have been learning about. Please note no new learning will take place in gathering time. 

Home Reading
As the children are settling into the new routines and expectations of Year One, we will begin sending home reading books from week 3 on a 2 day roster. Your child will be scheduled a changing day (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) but we ask that you bring their reading folder everyday so they can read in the morning and keep their sight words in them for the year.

Sight Words
The aim of the sight word rings are for your child to practise reading them every night in conjunction with their reading books as a way to build up their vocabulary and easily recognise the words in the books they are reading. It is important to remember that children do not learn new words by being exposed to them only once, repetition is the key to sight word acquisition.

The children will be tested every few weeks on their sight words and they will be moved onto the next list of 25 if they have mastered all of the words on their ring. Please note for your child to move onto the next set of 25 sight words the children must be able to both READ and SPELL all the words correctly.  More information will be detailed in our Year One parent information session. Over the year I will provide you with some games that you can play using the sight words to make the learning fun!

Specialist Days:
Monday: Music 
Tuesday: Health, Library and Indonesian
Thursday: Physical Education (wear teal OLC sports shirt)
Friday: Class sport (wear coloured faction shirt)

Support Staff
We are very fortunate to have the outstanding Mrs. Michelle Hughes to help and support the children in their learning journey throughout this year.  Mrs. Hughes will be in our class Monday- Friday until 12.00pm each day. 

The children will be rostered on a particular day for news once a fortnight, with a roster and start date to be announced shortly. Each fortnight on the afternoon before your child’s news day, a bag will be sent home with a laminated news chart in it. 

The idea of the chart is to get your child to think about what they will say to the class before they speak. If you could spend five minutes the night before news assisting your child to fill out the chart (or writing a few prompts with them) that would be greatly appreciated! Please refer to the roster attached for your child’s news day and fortnightly theme suggestions. Please feel free to email pictures/ links or send usb's in if you would like to show nes items on the smart board. 

Crunch & Sip
Each morning we will stop for a 5 minute Crunch & Sip break. The idea of Crunch & Sip is that the students have a short break to increase their energy levels, increase awareness about eating fruit and vegetables, as well as encouraging them to drink water and keep hydrated throughout the school day. You can refer to the Crunch & Sip website ( for specifics on a list of foods that can be packed for this time of the morning. Generally speaking, the list will include fresh fruit and vegetables (celery/carrot sticks, broccoli, chopped or whole fruit, as well as dried fruit). Please bring along a water bottle with your child's name on it and this can be placed on their desks along with their small container of fruit/vegetables. 

If you have any question or queries please don't hesitate to email me at:

I am looking forward to seeing your little ones on Monday!

Have a restful night

Miss Prowse and Mrs. Hughes 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Week 8 Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to our Week 8 Merit Award winners Hayden and Scarlett! You are both Year One super stars!

Miss Prowse

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Keeping Safe lesson - Parts of the body

Good afternoon parents,

This Wednesday the children will be taking part in the Keeping Safe lesson about body parts. We will be reading a story called 'Everyone has a bottom' and emphasising the fact that all parts of their body are private. I understand that the children may laugh and giggle when we talk about the anatomical names, but this is important for every child to know.

Recent research shows that knowing the anatomically correct language terms enhances children’s body image, self-confidence, and openness. 

This is in conjunction with the Child Protection Curriculum which has been mandated in all schools in Western Australia.

Please find the lesson outline below and a link for the outline of the book if you feel you need to discuss this with your child after Wednesday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me. 

Thank you 

Miss Prowse 

Week 7 Merit Award winners

Congratulations to our week 7 merit award winners Jax, Zack and Violet! You are all Year One super stars!

Miss Prowse

Monday, 19 November 2018

Sight word review and end year results

Dear Parents,

Over the last few weeks of school, we will be consolidating the first 100 (and next 100 if your child is up to it) sight words. We have noticed that many children are not applying these learnt sight words in their writing correctly. We will be consolidating the sight word program from week 7 onwards and we will be sending home a copy of the words your child is not using correctly in their writing or has not retained.

We would encourage that you practise writing these in sentences over the holidays so your child can be best prepared to apply them into their writing.

Next year, depending on the number of words your child has retained, in Year Two, they may be starting on a different level of sight words. This is to ensure they are spelling the most common sight words correctly in context, so they can have continued success in their reading and writing.

We thank you for your ongoing support

Miss Prowse and Mrs Sherborne